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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tennessee Man, John Nutter, Sentenced For Drug Violations

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that JOHN NUTTER, age 32, resident of Knoxville, Tennessee, was sentenced today after having previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine hydrochloride and cocaine base and misprision of a felony.

U.S. District Judge Jay C. Zainey sentenced NUTTER to a 38-month term of imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release.  

On February 6, 2014, NUTTER was one of 15 defendants charged in an 8-count indictment. According to court documents, the indictment was based on court-authorized wiretaps that recorded conversations between STEVEN HAYNES, who has pled guilty in this case, and NUTTER, concerning the distribution of powder cocaine that was later converted to crack and sold in Washington and Tangipahoa Parishes.  NUTTER was arrested on July 3, 2013, in possession of approximately 400 grams of cocaine that he obtained from HAYNES.

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Louisiana State Police, and Washington Parish Sherriff’s Office in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Michael E. McMahon is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated November 18, 2014